With the Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) already facing criticism from various quarters for planning to set up Khalsa University, things again raked up on Tuesday when Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) chief Capt Amarinder Singh made his way into the college and warned the governing council from going ahead with the project.
The college authorities had blocked the main gate, security guards and heavy police force was deployed at the gate to ensure that Capt Amarinder doesn’t enter the college premises.
But, he came inside from gate number 2 and slammed the KCGC mentioning that its president Satyajit Singh Majithia had his own agenda.
Talking to media, Amarinder said, “I strongly oppose governing council’s move. What is the logic behind setting up a university when we have Guru Nanak Dev University next door? Why can’t they set up a university anywhere else in Punjab? The GNDU shares a common wall with Khalsa College and I fail to understand why they want to undermine GNDU. I just feel that it is an effort to take control of the things.”
The former CM alleged that the motive of Majithias and Badals appeared to be to undermine the GNDU and build their private university for personal gains.
Warning the management, Amarinder said, “In case the Akali government in Punjab decides to use its brute majority to go ahead with passing an act for the university in Punjab Vidhan Sabha, the Congress government will repeal the act in 2017 and restore college’s heritage status.”
Recalling his family’s and personal association with Khalsa College, Amarinder said, “While my grandfather Maharaja Bhupinder Singh and father Maharaja Yadvinder Singh were its chancellors from 1927 to 1952, I was its chancellor between 1972 and 1978.”
“It is not I or my family alone, every Punjabi has a sentimental association with this College, which is one of the exceptional symbols of our great and glorious heritage,” he said.
“Like the Badals destroyed government transport in Punjab to promote their private transport companies like Orbit and Dabwali transport, now they are planning to undermine the GNDU to promote their private university for petty and pecuniary interests. Enough is enough, and the time has come to call our bluff,” the former CM said.
Capt Amarinder said, “It was my first visit to Khalsa College and certainly not the last one. If required I will hold protest and use all legal, democratic and constitutional means to save this great institution.”
Capt, click selfies
As Capt Amarinder Singh entered the college taking an alternate route, students welcomed him and interacted with him for some time. They also clicked photographs and selfies with him.